HARTFORD — The 39th annual Connecticut Flower & Garden Show was held Feb. 20-23 at the CT Convention Center in Hartford. The show is one of the largest and most prestigious flower shows in all of New England with over 300 booths overflowing with fresh flowers, plants, herbs, bulbs, seeds, gardening books and garden equipment according to a release from the Litchfield Garden Club.
The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut presented a National Garden Club Standard Flower Show. The booth covered over 12,000-square-feet of “Spring into Connecticut” design, horticulture, botanical arts and photography classes with more than 500 entries from garden club members across the state.
The Litchfield Garden Club was well represented at the FGCCT Flower Show with eight members entered in the design, horticulture and photography classes.
In horticulture, Sara Gault received the Mary Lou Smith Section Award and the Award of Horticultural Excellence (a Best in Show equivalent) for her first place winner Euphorbia milii “Crown-of-Thorns.” Ronnie Schoelzel received a first place blue ribbon and the Elfin Award for her Picea bicolor “Howell’s Tiger Tail.” Kate Jamieson won first place for her dish garden.
LGC received first place and the Club Competition Award for a display of eleven needled evergreens. Sylvia Abbott, Annie Borzilleri, Ronnie Schoelzel and Diane Stoner contributed conifers for the display staged by Ronnie Schoelzel. Nancy Post received honorable mention for her Ficus deltoides “Mistletoe Fig.”
In the design class, Polly Brooks earned third place for her Kent Falls entry. Ronnie Schoelzel received an honorable mention for her Sailboats and Sunsets entry